Internet

Bad reputation on-line? What can I do?

Question We have people saying some bad things about our company online? What can we do about it? Answer Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation” might have worked well for her, but chances are it isn’t what you want for your business. With the advent of technology and mass use of social media including Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin,…

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How do I block people that aren't my friends on Facebook?

Question When I comment on a facebook friend’s post I can see their friends’ comments even if they are not one of mine. Normally, this doesn’t bother me. But… there is a particular person I find offensive. Is there a way to hide or block their posts so I can’t see them? Answer Friends Most…

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Ideas to Make Your Website Work Harder for You

“What can I do to make my Web site better?” I get this question a lot. In many cases, the short answer is “plenty”. Here is a checklist of items I use to help clients determine what items would be helpful to them to improve their website. (We’ll call the following, “the long answer”.) Content…

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Twitter Scam: Be impressed. Be aware.

I hate spammer and scammers. But sometimes I’m actually impressed with their ingenuity… and I imagine the clever ones must be doing quite well for themselves. I think it is a good idea to examine the ever-changing tactics of these digital hucksters occasionally, so we can be aware of what is out there and don’t…

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Password Protected Areas and Search Engines

Question Can a search engine spider do a search of content which is behind a passworded index page? Answer   No. Search engines cannot crawl a passworded directory as they can’t invoke interface functions. Google (for instance) would have to have your login/pass and the programming to invoke the command.  

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Part 2: Electronic Newsletters — Why you should consider using them

This is a continuation from the previous article about Newsletters. Read Part 1: Electronic Newsletters. What advantages are there in sending an electronic newsletter? Keeping in Touch Newsletters (electronic or mailed) are to keep in touch with your clients or past customers. Even if they aren’t ready to buy today, they may be ready to…

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Part 1: Electronic Newsletters — How they work

They go by many names… electronic newsletters, eblasts, email mailers, ezines and e-newsletters. You probably already get your share of them in your inbox. Some of them you enjoy, some of them you never signed up for and wonder how they got your name. Whatever name you want to call them, the process is pretty…

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Google and Verizon: Doin’ Evil?

Much excitement has been caused over the recent agreement by Google and Verizon. While it was not a formal business deal, the substance of the talks were which types of internet content to prioritize (bandwidth-wise) over others on wireless networks, and how best to go about it. The following describes the general public reaction to…

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Quick DIY Search Engine Optimization

So, you have a website. You are wondering how it’s working? After all, you don’t know a thing about programming and you did have the site done a few years ago. Is it outdated? Did your designer do anything thing with your SEO (Search Engine Optimization)? The more money you throw at SEO, the better…

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Design Contests: The Ugly Truth

Will Work for Cash Let’s say you have a successful company and want to do a little updating. You’ve decided that old logo is looking dated, and head to a design agency you know and trust for something new. They quote you $1,000 for a design, tell you that they’ll be researching your business and…

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What are iPhone Safari Databases?

Question Recently, I was poking around under my Safari Settings (Settings –> Safari) on my iPhone and came across an entry for databases. What are these? Answer iPhone Safari supports HTML 5’s client-side storage structure just as your desktop version of Safari (Safari –> Preferences –> Security –> Show Databases). It is useful for developing…

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Passwords: How do yours stack up?

How many passwords do you have? With so much business on the internet now from banking to social events, most of us have a lot of passwords. But, how good are your passwords? Are they secure? Or easy to guess? Or worse, do you have a single password for all of your accounts? Top 10…

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